“Sepia Bride” or Not: How to Ensure Your Skin Looks Perfect in Wedding Photos

“Sepia Bride” or Not: How to Ensure Your Skin Looks Perfect in Wedding Photos

by Parallel Health Team

If you’re on TikTok and into wedding photography, you may have seen Alexandra Jaye Conder go off recently. Alexandra tied the knot last November and aired her complaints about her wedding photographer to social media, igniting a heated debate that encapsulates the intersection of personal aesthetics, professional artistry, and client expectations. What should have been a celebration of love has turned into a viral sensation labeled the "Sepia Bride" and “Sepia Photographer” saga. In a series of TikTok videos, Alexandra, aka “Sepia Bride,” expressed her dismay over her wedding photos, edited in a distinctive sepia-like style by her chosen photographer. She critiques the editing for dulling her makeup, yellowing her teeth, and altering the hues of her hair, claiming it was a "wedding photographer horror experience." These videos garnered millions of views and widespread empathy from viewers who understood the importance of perfect wedding photos and the high cost associated.

However, many people, especially professional photographers, are defending the photographer, dubbed the "Sepia Photographer," asserting that Alexandra knowingly chose someone with a distinct style—one that is evidently showcased in the photographer's portfolio. They argue that it's unfair to expect a complete re-editing of the photos after the fact, especially when the photographer's style was transparent from the outset.

Amidst the controversy, one thing is clear: Alexandra's skin looked exquisite. While she couldn’t control how her photos were edited, she was able to control how her skin looked, bringing us to a crucial aspect of any bride’s big day – the skincare routine that can help achieve a flawless look.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to flawless skin using Parallel’s anti-aging, microbiome-friendly products, ideally starting a few months before your big day:

Step 1: Holy Calming Cleanser

A holy grail for many brides is the Holy Calming Cleanser, a gentle yet effective way to cleanse and prepare the skin. This cleanser not only smells amazing, but also sets a serene tone for your day, much like walking into a garden or having a refreshing facial. It effectively removes impurities, leaving your skin fresh and ready for the day.

Step 2: Custom Active Phage Serum

For those last-minute concerns like unexpected breakouts, our Custom Active Phage Serum is a lifesaver. Your personalized serum will contain bacteriophages that have been shown to kill bacteria and reduce breakouts and acne in just 24 hours—ideal for ensuring that your skin remains flawless and camera-ready throughout your special day.

Step 3 (in the AM): Skin Barrier Silk Cream

Before applying your foundation, use Parallel’s Skin Barrier Silk Cream. This cream is essential for skin prep, ensuring your makeup stays crease-free, your skin remains glowing all day, and photographs beautifully. It provides a smooth base for foundation, helping it to adhere better and last longer.

Step 3 (in the PM): Blue Biotic™ Multi-Effect Peptide Cream (Botox in a Jar, but Better™)

In the evening, generously apply the Blue Biotic on your entire face, using more in areas where you experience fine lines. Containing SNAP-8, Copper Peptides, and three additional peptides, this cream reduces fine lines and wrinkles and improves collagen production. It also contains skin-healing ingredients like Root Radish Ferment, an active biotic, as well as Beta Glucan and Creatine to improve cellular function and reduce the appearance of dyspigmentation, dullness, and dryness.

As the debate unfolds, one can't help but appreciate the artistry and effort that goes into preparing for such a significant occasion—from skincare rituals to the careful selection of wedding vendors. After all, weddings are not just about the day itself; they’re about crafting enduring memories that capture who you are, your personal expression, and of course, your love.

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